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The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

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Tom Ewell Tom Ewell
Tom Miller
Jayne Mansfield Jayne Mansfield
Jerri Jordan
Edmond O Edmond O'Brien
Marty 'Fats' Murdock
Julie London Julie London
Herself
Ray Anthony Ray Anthony
Himself
Barry Gordon Barry Gordon
Barry the Paperboy
Henry Jones Henry Jones
Mousie
John Emery John Emery
Wheeler


Written by (View all)
Frank Tashlin Frank Tashlin
(screenplay) and
Herbert Baker Herbert Baker
(screenplay)


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The Girl Can't Help It

2 years, 11 months ago at Mar 5 20:02
Sprinkled with a glossy coat of early rock and roll pioneers appearing for quick cameos, The Girl Can’t Help It takes aim at the music industry (namely the payola scandal), the 1950s obsession with breasts, and the deception of appearances. Moreover, with Frank Tashlin running the show, you know that the whole thing is going to be a slightly bonkers cartoon, like a “Merrie Melodies” turned f... read more
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Description: Often called the best rock 'n' roll film ever made, this high-powered, high-voltage comedy features music by Fats Domino, Little Richard and the Platters and introduces the world to a blonde bombshell named Jayne Mansfield. Mansfield is sensational as moll Jerri Jordan to Edmund O'Brian's Marty Murdock, the mobster determined to make her a singing star. The trouble begins when Murdock hires talent agent Tom Miller (Tom Ewell) to groom her: Miller quickly realizes that she can't sing a note...and that he's completely in love with her! This CinemaScope color film hilariously spoofs both musicals and gangster films and also feat ... (more)
Release date: 1 December 1956
Tags: 1956 (6), Comedy (5), 1950s (5), Musical (4), Music (3), Gangster (3), Romance (3), Rock 'n' Roll (2), Rock N Roll (1), 50s (1), Satire (1), Jayne Mansfield (1), Usa (1), Blonde Bombshell (1), Gangsters (1)
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The Girl Can't Help It

“Sprinkled with a glossy coat of early rock and roll pioneers appearing for quick cameos, The Girl Can’t Help It takes aim at the music industry (namely the payola scandal), the 1950s obsession with breasts, and the deception of appearances. Moreover, with Frank Tashlin running the show, you know that the whole thing is going to be a slightly bonkers cartoon, like a “Merrie Melodies” turned flesh-and-blood.

Tom Ewell, taking his character from The Seven Year Itch to its logical and insane conclusion, plays a drunken talent manager on a depressive spiral after a bad breakup who gets roped into a mobster’s scheme to turn his pneumatic but seemingly talentless girlfriend into a star. The basic structure of the film is similar to Born Yesterday, trading out that film’s quest” read more

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